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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Grizzley9 Re:Apple stole nothing (194 comments)

This. Why doesn't Apple simply implement a "CarPlay" function on the phones screen so when you get in your car to drive it can switch over. 4-6 big buttons for common apps like Maps, Music, search, or phone, Siri is active so voice commands can be used, BT is turned on so it can interface with the car system. An option to either read texts/email to you (and reply via voice) or a function to quick reply to the sender that I am driving and can't respond right now but will shortly. Heck even add an OBD dongle to your car that can give you real time data on all your mileage, fuel, computer codes, etc.

Adding a simple bracket to your car to hold your phone is going to be much better than some hacked and expensive car stereo interface that won't receive timely updates. LifeHacker did an interesting article yesterday about the apps available to interface with OBD dongles. Surely someone can perfect that interface and make it useful? Either way, the car interface of today is hopelessly out of touch with modern tech and usefulness. All these things can be accomplished without leading to more distractions and can actually improve road attentiveness.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Grizzley9 Re:Quantum fluctuations != nothing (610 comments)

This is an abuse of the word "nothing", which is a universal negation "not anything". But quantum fluctuations in the quantum vacuum are something, and not nothing. The research might be interesting, but it does nothing for the question the philosopher is asking when he is wondering "Why there is somerthing rather than nothing?"

Exactly. Lawrence Krauss and others are trying to redefine "nothing" for there own personal theories and world view (he's an atheist). I guess that's understandable from that viewpoint, but you can make a lot of interesting theories if you redefine terms to fit your own meaning.

about two weeks ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Grizzley9 How soon before standard? (172 comments)

I understand that backup cameras will be mandatory in cars by 2018. Related, I can see this being very use for larger vehicles where ground clearance impedes visibility. A small object or child can easily disappear below the line of visibility on larger SUV's and trucks and this seems to make it visible without being a distraction (and able to toggle off/on). Safety aside I can see this being very useful for driving in tight spaces and other instances where seeing the ground and wheels would be immensely helpful.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Grizzley9 Too much competition already (184 comments)

Meh, I'll just use Google Docs. When that isn't enough I'll open Libre/Open Office.

While I prefer Excel, those other options do just fine for anything I'll be doing outside of work. Plus you can get Apple's suite of office apps for free as well. MS screwed themselves by making it a pay to edit setup.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Grizzley9 Re:Perfect (184 comments)

TL;DR, I don't think MS Office, or even LibreOffice or any other office suite, is really needed anymore. I only have it installed because some of my classes at school require me to, but I noticed that when I'm not doing these assignments, I have only used it to create my resume.

You had a good point up until you only considered student assignment usage.

about a month ago
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Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

Grizzley9 Re:OMG FAG LOL (183 comments)

If the guy is headshotting you 6x in a row, on a normal everyday server (console), then yeah he should be. He's abusing the system/newbs whether cheating or not. The way BF4 handles netcode and lag among players is horrendous and if someone's abusing that then they should be kicked. Sorry, it just makes for a better game for everyone and Dice should do a better job of balancing teams and weapons. (Pistol beats a full auto machine gun, wha?)

I play BF4 some (unfortunately). If I start getting tagged by the same guy over and over, and he's taking out multiples at a time when they are shooting him w/ a gun/tank/whatever, you can sure bet I'll be the one "abusing the system" by reporting them. Whether his fault or Dice's or MS's, if enough do it then hopefully some attention will be brought to the issue.

about a month ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

Grizzley9 Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

No sane soldier is going to try to stand against amored vehicles with nothing heavier than a light machine gun. It's not fear. It's realism and following orders.

Unless you're Dice creating the latest Battlefield game. Then they are about on parity.

about a month ago
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WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Grizzley9 Speed? (273 comments)

What most of these posts don't advertise is their actual speed of connection. Today with smartphones, LTE should be standard. But most of these cheap plans are MVNO's reselling cheaper 3g plans as most major carriers don't resell their LTE plans only 3G/3G+/4G (latter being marketing). While fine for those driven primarily by cost, it's not ok for those that want speed. That and they use their own definition of "unlimited" or even the 2/3/5 GB plans they offer where they knock you down to Edge speeds after a certain amount.

So you're telling me if I don't use my phone, my bill will be cheaper!

about a month and a half ago
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WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Grizzley9 Re:Cheaper with RepublicWireless (273 comments)

Moved from ATT to RepublicWireless, another Sprint MVNO, has plans from $5 to $40. Right now, Moto X is the only phone.

The problem with this whole article and your post is you don't give enough details. Most companies are now going to unlimited talk and text and only paying for data since most users now have smartphones. So what though if I get unlimited data for $10! If the speeds are edge or 3g or below, yeah it'll work for those that are watching costs primarily, but for many/most, their smartphone had better be fast and get good coverage.

Last I saw, ATT wasn't allowing the MVNO's to use their LTE antennas, only their 3g ones (marketed as 4G).

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Grizzley9 Re:Why? (769 comments)

You should really try the AeroPress. I used to be a diehard french press guy, but I am not looking back.

It's the same thing, just a different form factor. You're forcing water through the grounds after steeping a bit and using either a metal mesh or paper filter.

about 1 month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Grizzley9 Re:Why? (769 comments)

Starbuck's Via is also a clean single-cup solution. It is cheaper, smaller and more dependable than the Keurig machine. It is also a format that would be very hard to add DRM, etc. Since Keurig wants to punish its customers, I will forgo their stupidity. Keurig, like Beta, sucks.

The machine itself may be cheaper but the long term cost of the pods, the Starbucks is the more expensive option.

about 1 month ago
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Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Still Lingers On Alaska Beaches

Grizzley9 Re:Consequences... (261 comments)

Government does some things really well. For example, the Social Security Administration is almost unfathomably efficient, compared to other large national or private retirement systems. For example, the overhead of SS is less than 3%, compared to something like 30% for Chile's privatized retirement system, lauded by conservatives.

Efficiency is worthless unless it is also effective. I can be very efficient digging a hole and filling it back in.

How people can both believe that post office workers are lazy, yet at the same time be so stressed out and overworked as to be the archetype for "going postal", I'll never understand. Cognitive dissonance at its finest.

Lazy is not a term I've heard describe postal workers very often, but that term justifies your rant so whatever. My dad retired as a postal worker, was even part of the intervention team dealing with workplaces to prevent people from "going postal". It wasn't about being stressed out and overworked. It's a combination of low barriers of entry for the job, conflicting personalities, etc. Besides the fact they are one of the largest employers in the US (which makes them an easy target) you are going to have some crazies.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

Grizzley9 Re:WTF (179 comments)

Or due to the fact that many providers are not charging for texts and going to data only (at least in the US), iMessages served part of their purpose. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc have all sent a death knell to the charging for text messages. With most people's plans today (again in the US), iMessage is not needed and can be turned off.

about 2 months ago
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Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

Grizzley9 Re:Just simplify the rule (142 comments)

How about a simpler idea: it's illegal to take your attention off the road and the act of driving. Doesn't matter why, only matters whether you're paying attention to your driving or not. That simplifies enforcement, if the cop sees you looking down inside the car rather than out the windshield at the road he doesn't have to worry about finding the right law for what you were looking at or even figuring out what you were looking at and you can't weasel out of it.

Distracted Driving is already a law on the books in most/if not all states. That's partially why there was pushback to start being specific about types of distractions. Just enforce what laws you already have.

about 2 months ago
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Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

Grizzley9 Re:Dumb ruling (142 comments)

This is exactly the issue I have with my Subaru BRZ. If the car is moving, you can't enter information into the GPS. Thats all well and good when there is only me in the car, but stopping my passenger from using it is asinine! I hit this issue on a road trip, I wanted my passenger to try and find somewhere up ahead for us to eat (in the country with no decent cell data connection). I ended up having to pull off the highway and pull over just to find a nearby restaurant... not impressed.

Same with Lexus. They have blocked input to the Nav system if the car is not in Park. So now it's just a nice screen to show where you are since the input in vehicles kinda sucks anyway compared to dedicated GPS or phones.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Grizzley9 Re:Not pro-business? (917 comments)

No. It would be similar to allowing restaurants to refuse to serve black customers.

This is not about business. It is about the personal beliefs and prejudices of the person owning that business. Those beliefs are not the same as business.

Being black and homosexually active are not the same thing at all. Stop trying to get on that bandwagon of "me too". Race you can do nothing about. Your choice of who or what you have sex with in private is entirely elective. Oh, but I touched that wire that says you can't put private issues back into being private. Since when did flaunting how you get off become proper public discourse? Because that's the essence of what is being said when someone comes out. Props to those like Tim Cook and other celebrities who say it's none of your business. But can't say that here without being anonymous, no siree.

about 2 months ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

Grizzley9 Semi Open (314 comments)

Why not both? I prefer the semi-open office plan where you have multiple cubicles in a group where 4 people share the square space and their cubicles have only two walls. Basically a large 4 person cubicle. It promotes communication between the people there but can be private and quiet enough so that you can focus and get things done.

about 3 months ago
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Open Data Tells NYC Residents Where the Rats Are

Grizzley9 NYC problem (93 comments)

The rat problem in NYC seems to be legendary. But, if there wasn't as much for them to eat then it wouldn't be an issue any bigger than any other city, right? Are there better solutions found in treating the cause rather than controlling the symptom?

about 3 months ago
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Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

Grizzley9 Re:Bad Coffee, Bad App (137 comments)

Edit: replace mocha with hamburgers and Starbucks with McDonalds. Sometimes you don't want risk and just trust the consistency of a large brand. (not that I would approve of either company in this case) But consistency isn't quality.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Grizzley9 Re:Logic Puzzle (611 comments)

If you claim "it can just happen" you don't end up in the same with something unexplained, but you basically just made an anti-thesis for everything we know about physics.

As I said, it's a great thinking exercise if nothing else.

But since we can not prove either side correct, it's wrong to claim either side is incorrect. Not only do the theists hate that fact, but atheists do as well.

Careful with that. I'm sure you'll get posters commenting that Krauss and others have "proved" you can get something from nothing. Though their "nothing" is quite different than what most people would consider nothing.

about 4 months ago

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Sprint to get iPhone 5

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes ""Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget."

This could also mean that despite rumors of a September launch it could be mid October before we see Apple's new flagship product launch, too late to effect their fiscal fourth quarter ending in September. "On a July earnings conference call, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company's September quarter would be affected by "a future product transition that we are not going to talk about today,". While that cold be iOS 5, it likely will not launch until the next iPhone is ready to display it."

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AT&T Removing Texting Plans

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes "AT&T is revamping their text plans for new users. No more middle of the road $10 plans for 1000 text messages. Now it will be unlimited for $30 per family plan or pay per text msg at a rate of $0.20 ea. So if you use over 150 msgs consistently you'll have to pay up."
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